I need tips and a primer on how to set up the TVGOS channel listing order from the Sony HDD500. Does one exist?
Q1: Why don't the Sony channel call letters and TVGOS channel call letters match? When I use channel up/down on the Sony, and hit INFO, I see the actual call letters of the channel I am watching (ie, "CBS WBZ-HD"). TVGOS Channel Setup has either different call letters for the same station (ie, "CBS WBZ-DT", or totally different call letters altogether (ie, "CBS WNYC-SD") as choices among its 600 channels listed.
Q2: If I have incorrect channel call letters for my (Boston-area) market, or worse still, call letters totally missing altogether, is the host channel sending incorrect TVGOS data? Is this a local station issue or Macromedia issue? Why would my actual local stations have the wrong call letters in the TVGOS channel setup, or worse, be missing altogether?
My actual situation I need help with...
I admit that I find the TVGOS channel setup to be the most needlessly frustrating (poor) user interface in years. This is likely because I just don't understand how TVGOS works yet, and thus am doing things the hard way.
Before the transition (about eight weeks ago), my HDD500 froze up on me two times (due to TVGOS data hiccups I assume) where I lost all my TVGOS listings and my channel setup. I never restored my TVGOS channel setup and left it in its default jumbled mess (all my local stations are always 6-9 pages down) even though I have been getting good TVGOS listing data since then.
Four months ago, the last time when I did set up my all TVGOS channels (hunting one by one, a mind-numbing 2 hour process), I had to manually edit a bunch of channels in the following manner :
- Found an existing channel that mostly matched the call letters and had same 0:4-1 channel number, moved it up to become my station I'd use (Easy)
- Found call letters that mostly matched, but was for analog channel number, so I manually edited it into my preferred 0:4-1 digital station (More worrisome)
- Found no call letters even remotely close, so I grabbed another CBS station from another market, ignored its call letters, and manually stomped over its channel number to match what it is in Boston, ie, changing Providence 0:10-1 into Boston 0:4-1 (Scary!!)
- Thought it was a good idea at the time, but I turned OFF all the analog stations (except 0:0-4 host channel) and all the other market stations I don't get reception for (thought I'd conserve VBI data parsing cycles)
Since the transition, I updated the Sony firmware and two-times did TVGOS re-setup where I gave it two different local ZIP codes. Now that I am continuing to (still) get TVGOS listings, it's time to painstakingly set up my TVGOS channels once again.
In doing so last night, I notice that I am totally missing all my 0:44-(1,2,3,4) PBS stations as I scroll one by one through the 600 or so listed channels. None of the call letters look even close to what the Sony INFO button correctly shows for these channels (WGBX-DT, WGBX-World, WGBX-Create, WGBX-Kids). There is no WGBX* anywhere in the 600 or so TVGOS channels listed, except for ONE old "WGBX" that is a single analog 0:0-44. No data for the other digital 0:44-(1,2,3,4) channels.
What gives? What can I do? Am I doing something wrong?
So I thought I'd be smart and use my TVGOS tip I wrote in here months ago. While watching the channel via Sony channel listing (ie, channel up/down button), I would go to my desired channel 0:44-3 "WGBX-Create" and then hit the TVGOS listing button. Hot dog - it takes you right to the channel in the TVGOS listing. It's there. It looks correct. Great! Now I just want to take this channel I have here - right there on the screen - and move it to position #1.
OK, I hit the MENU button, I see an option called "set this channel order" or something similar, I pick it, and it puts me BACK into the GENERIC TVGOS setup menu all over again, and without my WGBX-Create channel even highlighted or selected, but worse, this "WGBX*" call letter is not even amoung ANY of the 600 call letters listed, nor is any 44-3 channel in any of the 600 channels listed. IT WAS JUST THERE!! Argh!!!
What am I doing wrong?
I cannot do a factory reset, since that would wipe out the latest TVGOS firmware I got before the digital transition.
Help? Tips? Is this how you order your TVGOS channels?